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  Labor Situation - State of Connecticut Last Updated: June 18, 2015
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Unemployment rate declines to 6.0% as nonfarm jobs expand by 6,400 in May
WETHERSFIELD, June 18, 2015 - Connecticut preliminary nonfarm employment estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s business survey indicate the state added 6,400 jobs (0.38%) in May 2015, seasonally adjusted. Connecticut has now increased job levels by 26,100 since May 2014 (1.57%, 2,175 jobs per month) to 1,691,800. April’s original estimate of a job gain of 1,200 (0.07%) was revised 1,800 positions lower to a 600 nonfarm jobs loss (-0.04%).

The unemployment rate for Connecticut, seasonally adjusted, was calculated at 6.0% for May 2015, down twotenths of a percentage point from the April 2015 estimate, according to the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) model. The unemployment rate in the state is now down by sixtenths of a percentage point from May 2014 (6.6%). The number of unemployed citizens in the state has declined by 9,454 (-7.6%) to 115,158 since May 2014. The state’s labor force increased again in May by 1,133 for the twentieth consecutive month to reach another all-time record high of 1,921,768. April’s initially published statewide unemployment rate of 6.3% was revised lower to 6.2%.

“Connecticut year-to-date job gains are showing their strongest performance since the employment recovery began in 2010,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “The state’s jobless rate has fallen quickly in the last two months, even with strong labor force growth, and it appears to be converging closer to the U.S. jobless rate.”

May preliminary nonfarm estimates show Connecticut added 6,400 jobs (0.38%), seasonally adjusted. Six of the ten major industry supersectors partook in the monthly increase in nonfarm employment, while three declined, and Financial Activities came in unchanged. Over-the-year, job growth through May 2015 now totals 26,100 (1.57%), with nine of the ten major industry supersectors increasing employment and just the Information supersector remaining unchanged.

Connecticut’s Private Sector employers boosted nonfarm positions by 6,600 (0.46%) in May 2015, and now the state’s private sector firms have increased nonfarm employment by 24,600 (1.72%) jobs over the year. The Government supersector posted a slight jobs decline in May (-200, -0.08%), but is now contributing somewhat to over the year nonfarm job gains (1,500, 0.63%).

Six of the ten major industry supersectors added jobs in May, while three declined and the Financial Activities supersector went unchanged. The Trade, Transportation & Utilities (3,200, 1.1%, TTU) supersector led all major industries in May job growth with retail trade (1,900, 1.0%) backing the increase. A new shopping outlet mall opened at an Indian casino in the eastern part of the state around mid-month, boosting the retail trade segment. The combined Construction and Mining (2,400, 4.2%) supersector also delivered a strong monthly increase as the building sector posted its’ best job gain in 2015. The Leisure and Hospitality (1,200, 0.8%) supersector was also a solid gainer in May. Smaller industry supersector job gains came from the Professional and Business Services (400, 0.2%), Information (300, 1.0%), and Other Services (200, 0.3%).

Manufacturing (-1,000, -0.6%) was the largest major industry supersector job decliner of three in May. Durable goods components (-1,100, -0.9%) in manufacturing were especially weak last month. Government (-200, -0.1%) and Education and Health Services (-100, -0.03%) meanwhile posted just very small declines.

The year-to-date Connecticut nonfarm job growth pace (seasonally adjusted) for the first five months of 2015 is 13,700 compared to 12,700 in the first five months of 2014. In 2013, the first five months yielded 6,000 seasonally adjusted jobs, while 2012 measured 4,200, and 2011 tallied 6,400. In 2010, the year the jobs recovery started in Connecticut, the first five months produced 5,100 jobs. This is the best five-month start to a year, in terms of nonfarm job gains, since the employment recovery began in February 2010. On a not seasonally adjusted basis, Connecticut May 2015 nonfarm employment surpassed 1.7 million (1,702,000) for the first time since November 2008 (1,701,400).

Hours and Earnings: The private sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.3 hours in May 2015, down two-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago (33.5). Average hourly earnings at $28.70, not seasonally adjusted, were up 88 cents, or 3.2%, from the May 2014 estimate. The resulting average private sector weekly pay was calculated at $955.71, up $23.74, or 2.5% higher than a year ago. The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in April 2015 was -0.2% (still deflating). Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 97,800 positions, or 82.2% of the 119,000 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the major March 2008 - February 2010 employment downturn. Connecticut’s jobs recovery is now 63 months old and is averaging approximately 1,552 jobs per month since February 2010. There have been 43 monthly job gains (68.3%), 19 monthly job losses, and one unchanged month (November 2010) in the recovery timespan. The private sector has recovered employment at a faster pace and has now refilled 103,100 (92.4%) of the 111,600 private sector jobs that were lost during the Great Recession (a pace of about 1,637 per month). The state needs to reach the 1,713,000 level to reach a clear nonfarm employment recovery. This will require an additional 21,200 nonfarm jobs. A total of just 8,500 additional private sector positions are needed to have a fully recovered private sector. The government supersector has continued to lose positions (net -5,300) even during the nonfarm employment recovery period.

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): It should be noted that due to town composition changes of greater than 4% in two of the six Bureau of Labor Statistics-recognized LMAs that went into effect at the beginning of this year, the Danbury and Waterbury LMAs are no longer seasonally adjusted by BLS. The May 2015 preliminary nonfarm job figures indicate that two of the four major Connecticut Labor Market Areas that are officially seasonally adjusted, posted job gains. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (5,000, 0.9%) and Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (1,300, 1.0%) both experienced substantial job gains last month, while the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (-1,500, -0.4%) and New Haven LMA (-1,100, -0.4%) relinquished smaller seasonally adjusted job declines. Over the year, five of the six major Connecticut BLS-recognized LMAs have produced yearly job gains, as have the three smaller state-estimated LMAs, with just the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-300, -0.2%, seasonally adjusted) exhibiting a slight loss. The mid-month opening of a major retail outlet mall on an Indian reservation in southeastern Connecticut was a notable addition to regional job growth last month. Note: The six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated and seasonally adjusted independently (only the largest four LMAs are officially seasonally adjusted) from the statewide numbers by the BLS and cover over 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. These estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
May 2015 May 2014 Change Rate % May 2015 Apr 2015 Change Rate % Mar 2015 Feb 2015 Jan 2015
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,691,800 1,665,700 26,100 1.6% 1,691,800 1,685,400 6,400 0.4% 1,686,000 1,682,700 1,685,600
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,451,900 1,427,300 24,600 1.7% 1,451,900 1,445,300 6,600 0.5% 1,447,400 1,444,300 1,447,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 58,400 55,700 2,700 4.8% 58,400 56,000 2,400 4.3% 54,700 55,500 55,800
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 159,900 159,600 300 0.2% 159,900 160,900 -1,000 -0.6% 159,700 159,300 159,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 306,800 301,100 5,700 1.9% 306,800 303,600 3,200 1.1% 304,900 303,300 301,800
go to Information sector data table Information 32,000 32,000 0 0.0% 32,000 31,700 300 0.9% 31,700 31,600 31,400
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 129,500 128,700 800 0.6% 129,500 129,500 0 0.0% 129,400 129,800 129,900
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 215,000 212,500 2,500 1.2% 215,000 214,600 400 0.2% 217,300 216,100 216,900
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 330,000 324,000 6,000 1.9% 330,000 330,100 -100 -0.0% 329,600 329,600 331,500
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 155,900 150,100 5,800 3.9% 155,900 154,700 1,200 0.8% 155,500 155,100 156,800
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 63,900 63,000 900 1.4% 63,900 63,700 200 0.3% 64,000 63,400 63,300
go to Government sector data table Government 239,900 238,400 1,500 0.6% 239,900 240,100 -200 -0.1% 238,600 238,400 238,600
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 141,679,000 138,621,000 3,058,000 2.2% 141,679,000 141,399,000 280,000 0.2% 141,144,000 141,057,000 140,793,000
 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed Top
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a complex statistical model utilizing residential survey data), the number of Connecticut unemployed, seasonally adjusted, experienced a statistically significant decrease of 4,848 (-4.0%) over the month to 115,158 in April 2015. The number of unemployed state residents has dropped by 9,454 (-7.6%) since May 2014. Connecticut produced another positive month of labor force growth (1,133, 0.1%) for the twentieth consecutive month. Connecticut’s labor force is again at new record all-time high of 1,921,768. (Available state data goes back to 1976). Over the year, labor force growth now measures 39,959 (2.1%, considered statistically significant) and is still holding its best annualized growth pace since the recovery began in February 2010.
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
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Jan   1,887.5 1,755.9 131.6 1,893.5 1,723.6 169.9 1,918.5 1,741.4 177.1 1,903.1 1,745.9 157.2 1,866.9 1,716.5 150.4 1,875.0 1,741.7 133.3 1,904.5 1,784.2 120.2
Feb   1,887.8 1,751.2 136.6 1,895.4 1,724.1 171.3 1,918.1 1,741.5 176.5 1,901.0 1,744.2 156.8 1,865.4 1,716.5 148.9 1,877.6 1,746.1 131.6 1,909.9 1,788.0 121.9
Mar   1,888.4 1,746.9 141.5 1,897.8 1,725.8 172.0 1,916.7 1,741.4 175.3 1,898.5 1,741.3 157.2 1,865.1 1,717.5 147.6 1,879.7 1,750.2 129.5 1,915.8 1,794.0 121.9
Apr   1,889.3 1,743.3 145.9 1,900.8 1,728.4 172.4 1,914.6 1,741.0 173.5 1,895.4 1,737.4 158.0 1,865.9 1,719.5 146.3 1,881.0 1,753.9 127.1 1,920.6 1,800.6 120.0
May   1,890.1 1,740.3 149.8 1,904.0 1,731.5 172.5 1,912.2 1,740.8 171.4 1,891.9 1,733.0 159.0 1,867.1 1,722.0 145.2 1,881.8 1,757.2 124.6 1,921.8 1,806.6 115.2
Jun   1,890.7 1,737.7 153.0 1,907.2 1,734.5 172.7 1,910.2 1,741.1 169.0 1,888.3 1,728.6 159.7 1,868.2 1,724.3 143.8 1,882.7 1,760.3 122.4
Jul   1,891.0 1,735.3 155.7 1,910.0 1,736.8 173.2 1,908.8 1,742.1 166.7 1,884.8 1,725.0 159.9 1,868.7 1,726.3 142.4 1,884.3 1,763.5 120.9
Aug   1,891.2 1,733.0 158.2 1,912.4 1,738.4 174.0 1,907.9 1,743.4 164.5 1,881.5 1,722.3 159.3 1,868.6 1,727.9 140.7 1,886.8 1,766.7 120.0
Sep   1,891.3 1,730.7 160.7 1,914.3 1,739.3 175.0 1,907.4 1,744.8 162.5 1,878.4 1,720.4 158.0 1,868.5 1,729.4 139.1 1,889.9 1,770.1 119.8
Oct   1,891.4 1,728.2 163.2 1,915.9 1,739.9 176.0 1,906.8 1,746.1 160.8 1,875.3 1,719.1 156.2 1,868.9 1,731.4 137.5 1,893.3 1,773.6 119.7
Nov   1,891.6 1,725.8 165.7 1,917.2 1,740.5 176.8 1,906.0 1,746.8 159.3 1,872.2 1,718.0 154.2 1,870.2 1,734.1 136.0 1,896.5 1,776.8 119.7
Dec   1,892.2 1,724.2 168.0 1,918.1 1,741.0 177.2 1,904.8 1,746.7 158.0 1,869.3 1,717.1 152.2 1,872.3 1,737.6 134.7 1,899.4 1,779.5 119.9
 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate Top
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.0% for May 2015 (seasonally adjusted). This is lower by two-tenth of a percentage point from the April 2015 figure, and down six-tenths of a percentage point from the May 2014 rate of 6.6%. The jobless rate in the state has not been this low since the August (5.9%) - September (6.1%) 2008 timeframe, almost seven years ago. Connecticut’s April 2015 preliminary unemployment rate was revised slightly lower to 6.2% from the initially published 6.3% rate. The state unemployment rate continues to fall even with record labor force growth. The United States unemployment rate was 5.5% in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from April 2015, but lower by eight-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago (6.3%).
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Jan  5.0 5.0 0.0 7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.2 0.0 8.3 8.3 0.0 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.3 5.7 -0.6
Feb  5.0 4.9 -0.1 7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.3 8.3 0.0 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.4 5.5 -0.9
Mar  5.1 5.1 0.0 7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.6 -0.3 6.4 5.5 -0.9
Apr  5.2 5.0 -0.2 7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.8 7.6 -0.2 6.8 6.2 -0.6 6.2 5.4 -0.8
May  5.4 5.4 0.0 7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5
Jun  5.5 5.6 0.1 8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.8 9.1 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.5 -0.2 6.5 6.1 -0.4
Jul  5.7 5.8 0.1 8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2
Aug  5.9 6.1 0.2 8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.0 -0.5 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 6.1 -0.3
Sep  6.1 6.1 0.0 8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.9 -0.4
Oct  6.3 6.5 0.2 8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6
Nov  6.5 6.8 0.3 8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.4 8.6 0.2 8.2 7.7 -0.5 7.3 7.0 -0.3 6.3 5.8 -0.5
Dec  6.7 7.3 0.6 8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.3 5.6 -0.7

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate, based on a household survey, is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Additionally, changes in methodology that culminated in March 2011 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics assuming complete responsibility for estimating all states’ monthly nonfarm job counts, have contributed to the month-to-month variability in the numbers. Jobs estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s estimate.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Monday, July 20, 2015 (June 2015 data)
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